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ICPF Annual Student Dialogue Dinner

By AICC Staff

March 25, 2019

This past February, 32 select students from Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Illinois State University (ISU), Michigan State University (MSU), University of Florida (UF), and Virginia Tech joined executives (from Landaal Packaging, Green Bay Packaging, Menasha, PCA, Pratt Industries, Smurfit Kappa, and WestRock) for ICPF’s student dialogue dinner on corrugated packaging careers. The executives provided the students further insight to careers in the industry.

Twelve of the students from BGSU, ISU, UF, and Virginia Tech were provided ICPF travel grants for travel to East Lansing as ICPF’s dinner and Teleconference guests. The visiting students joined the MSU student audience in the public broadcasting auditorium the next day to view ICPF’s Teleconference, gaining additional knowledge on the corrugated industry as well as a unique perspective on the program through observing the other 500 students on the 20 campuses who were able to interact remotely. Jeff Turner, president of Pratt Industries’ Northern Corrugated division, attended the dialogue dinner and served as one of the industry speakers at ICPF’s Teleconference on the Business of Corrugated Packaging the next day. “The number and quality of the students at the dinner and teleconference were impressive, triggering my renewed focus on campus recruiting for new talent,” Turner says. “At the broadcast, the students’ questions were both insightful and challenging. It was promising to see the interest level in the corrugated industry from the over 500 students who participated.”

Most of the students who have participated in the annual dialogue dinner program in past years have accepted positions in the corrugated industry upon graduation. The résumés for the students attending this year’s dinner, as well as more than 100 other qualified upcoming graduates, can be accessed on ICPF’s Career Portal by ICPF Corporate Partners that post student internships or full-time entry-level openings. While an average of up to 150 new graduates and student interns are hired annually through ICPF resources, students are hired quickly by other industries, so there is a small window of opportunity to recruit student interns and 2019 graduates before they are hired elsewhere. We encourage ICPF partners to contact ICPF and use the Career Portal today.

width=150Richard Flaherty is president of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation.